Roddy Ricch Cancels ‘SNL’ Debut After COVID-19 Exposure

Roddy Ricch (Credit: Shutterstock)

Roddy Ricch has bowed out of this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live after he was exposed to COVID-19.

The 23-year-old rapper posted Wednesday on his Instagram stories and said he will no longer serve as musical guest “due to recent COVID exposure on my team and to keep everyone safe I won’t be able to perform on SNL this weekend.” 

The Compton native added that he is working with the SNL team to set up a new date to perform on the show.

Roddy Ricch Instagram story posted on Jan. 12, 2022. Credit: Instagram
Roddy Ricch Instagram story posted on Jan. 13, 2022. Credit: Instagram

Ricch, a Grammy-winning performer, is currently promoting his sophomore album “Live Life Fast.”

The “Die Young” artist will be replaced on SNL by indie pop band Bleachers, according to a tweet from the show’s official Twitter account.

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This weekend’s SNL will be hosted by West Side Story’s Ariana DeBose and will feature a live studio audience. 

SNL’s last show before the holiday break aired on Dec. 18 and was hosted by Paul Rudd without an in-person audience due to the surge of COVID-19 cases fueled by the Omicron variant in the U.S. Musical guest Charli XCX did not perform for that episode.  

SNL airs live on NBC at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT nationwide on Saturday nights.